“Behold, the sea itself...” begins the powerful first words of Vaughan Williams’ choral symphony. The pairing of Walt Whitman’s poetry from Leaves of Grass with Vaughan Williams’ visionary composition takes us on a mystical voyage where nature offers passage to the soul’s discovery. From the first triumphant brass chords, the crashing of percussion and shimmering strings, this work is a tour de force that showcases the composer’s mastery of both the majestic and the lush, haunting melodic beauty for which he is so celebrated.
Robert Honeysucker, baritone and Dana Schnitzer, soprano
Lisa Graham, Music Director